Rare Italian violins to feature in Sotheby’s London sale



2015-06-26 10:45:24

Rare Italian violins to feature in Sotheby’s London sale

The upcoming Sotheby’s sale of Musical Instruments in London on March 6 will offer collectors the chance to acquire a violin produced by one of history’s finest manufacturers - Nicolò Amati.

Amati made violins in Italy throughout the 17th century, and was the grandson of the instrument’s inventor, Andrea Amati and is regarded by many as the teacher of the renowned craftsman Antonio Stradivari.

The featured violin was made in 1682, and based on Amati’s finest design known as the ‘Grand Pattern’. It will appear at the auction with a pre-sale estimate of £250,000 - £350,000.

The sale will also feature instruments from some of the 18th century’s greatest names including J.B. Vuillaume, Gennaro Gagliano and Carlo Antonio Testore.

The Vuillaume violin presented is an 1845 model based on the Paganini ‘Cannon’, valued at £80,000 - £120,000. The instrument produced by Gagliano originates from Naples circa 1760 and is priced £40,000 - £60,000 and Testore is represented with a cello made in Milan circa 1750, which will appear with an estimated value of £80,000 - £120,000.

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